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Forum topic by BangleGuy posted 04-29-2012 03:23 AM 1928 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2012 03:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: ca finish jewelry bangle

Hi all, I would like to get some pointers on using CA as a finish for my wood bangles. I have tried thin and medium CA, wiping on the CA and then using wet sanding starting at 1000 grit. Problem is that I wet sand through the CA. I reapply the CA and repeat the process, but it seems as though I build up air pocket inclusions, and after re-coating with CA, they never go away. I am sure there is a better way to do this. Thanks! Oh here is my latest Ironwood Bangle (with just a wax finish).


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#1 posted 06-22-2012 05:15 PM

I use CA finishes on my pens all the time. Thin CA works good. It takes several coats with light sanding in between just to smooth out any ridges. Keep in mind that when you are finishing with CA you are no longer “Sanding” but are polishing. I use a product called micro mesh. It has little foam pads with abrasive faces that start at 1500 and moves up to 12000. Give them a try and just polish the finish lightly. You are just trying to put finer and finer scratches in the surface until they are so fine that they are undetectable by the naked eye.

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#2 posted 06-22-2012 07:10 PM

Are ya tryin’ to finish on the lathe?
That example is REALLY nice. Show us more-right now-and I mean it. :)


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#3 posted 06-23-2012 04:39 AM

Hi Billl! I have gotten pretty good at CA finishes these days and can actually apply one in a reasonable time :) Yes, I finish them on the lathe but I had to slow down the rpms a long ways from my first attempts. Here is a Cholla Cactus bangle that I just finished last week It is an alumilite casting using purple filler. The Bangle Core is 316 stainless steel.


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